Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 5, 2014 to October 11, 2014 written by Robert Reineke October 9, 2014 We’ll save the big news for a bit for dramatic effect. Instead, we’ll start with Monday and GOTHAM. Numbers always courtesy of tvbythenumbers. GOTHAM still hasn’t found its bottom dropping to a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.36 million viewers overall. It’s still competitive and one of the bright spots on Fox’s schedule, but it’s repeating the experience of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent. It would probably be a good idea if GOTHAM has an event to goose the ratings soon. A break in the Wayne murder case, for instance. Fish Mooney making a big move. Something like that. Visiting Arkham seems like a good idea. Still, until THE WALKING DEAD returns, GOTHAM has more viewers than any other comic book based show. Tuesday brought the big news of the week as THE FLASH lived up to the hype and then some. THE FLASH brought in the best ratings for the CW in half a decade with a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.79 million viewers overall. That was enough to vault the CW all the way up to #3 in the network rankings. Given the fact that the CW isn’t available as widely as the big four networks, it’s a triumph. The CW has already commissioned extra scripts and a full season pickup isn’t far away. Obviously, we’ll have to see how it holds, but the reception is warm, there was an enticing tease of events to come at the end of the show, and it seems to be delivering exactly what superhero fans want. Then again, it would be no real surprise if it drops to ARROW levels ultimately. Still, ARROW levels will get the show renewed. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. continued its slow attrition of viewers as it dropped to a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.73 million viewers overall, both series lows. And, yes, below THE FLASH. Word of mouth is certainly better this season, but it may be that people have moved on and have settled their viewing habits. Still, the best bet is simply to do good work, keep your loyal viewers, and slowly work on winning back more. Finally, ARROW had its season premiere on Wednesday and it was up slightly to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.8 million viewers. Those are very good for the CW during a normal week. I don’t think there will be any surprises with ARROW this year in the ratings department, although the planned crossover with THE FLASH seems like a nice event. The big test this season will be how well the comic book shows about superheroes fighting supervillains vs. the comic book shows set in superhero universes that don’t feature superheroes compare. Is the reason for the ratings slides for GOTHAM and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. simply that the whole premise is flawed from what fans want? Next week, THE WALKING DEAD returns to rule the roost, although maybe we’re getting to the point where the series has peaked. Or maybe not. Also, NBC is behaving like they have confidence in CONSTANTINE as they’ve ordered extra scripts before it’s even premiered. Apparently, it’s tracking very well with its premiere in two weeks. So far, the expansion of comic book properties into television is working out very well. There are no monster hits, but all the shows seem to have found an audience at levels above renewal. There are no quick cancellations in sight. Holding on to those audiences is the real challenge though, as we’ve already seen evidence of. 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The juxtaposition of Arrow & Flash’s ratings on a lower-tier network against SHIELD & Gotham’s ratings on two major networks is proving a point, and I think it will continue to prove this point: People want to see superheroes fighting super villains. Period. I would call myself a fan of both Gotham and SHIELD, but I do have to drag myself to watch them to some degree because I know I’m not going to see any uniformed superheroes, and in both cases, I may see a uniformed super villain, but likely only for a moment or two and it might not be a fully-realized version (young, not yet super powered, etc.). Although there are still reasons to tune in (Coulson, young Bruce Wayne, Penguin, Coulson, etc.), there’s not a lot to get excited about on a regular basis. Not so with Flash & Arrow. The Flash has already made it clear – it is about the Flash vs. his super villains. At this point in Arrow’s arc (pun intended), Arrow is about Green Arrow / Arsenal / Team Arrow vs. his super villains. No BS, no apologizing for the concept, just, “Here are some awesome characters. They’re going to fight bad guys with crazy weapons and powers. Enjoy.” Flash nailed it with its opening voice over – “I’m going to ask you to believe in the impossible.” Audiences are willing to do that. Clearly. Don’t be frightened by the concepts in comics, TV (or movie) producers!